If you were like me at 15 (and be grateful that you were not), you would have spent your days doing homework, laying in bed either reading or doing brain teasers, going to swim practice, and watching TV (Three Stooges, Hawaii Five-O, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett (remember those Saturday nights)). Going on a date? Get real.
So when I saw this latest TED video, I was quite impressed.
In 2014, then 15-year-old Nilay Kulkarni decided to put his skills as a self-taught programmer to use by building a tech solution to help prevent stampedes. Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world’s largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins. With massive crowds descending on small cities and towns, stampedes inevitably happen, and in 2003, 39 people were killed during the festival. As a result of Nilay’s invention, the 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela have zero stampedes and casualties, the first time that has ever happened.
So no, I was not even close to doing something like that when I was 15, and sad to say, at 60 I’m still not close to having done something like that.
I’ve really got to up my game.
Anyway, here is the video, and here is the link to the TED talk site that has the transcript and comments. Enjoy.